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I like to make my own clasp to put on the necklaces I make. It give a nice rustic look, way nicer than the purchased ones. And even better, I made them with recycled copper.

Step 1: MATERIAL

You need:

-18 gauge copper wire (I use old electrical wire, and skin it out of the plastic);

-2 long nose pliers;

-round nose plier;

-file;

-hammer;

-wire cutter;

-anvil or other hard metal surface (I use a bigger hammer).

Step 2: CUT

Cut a piece of copper wire long about 5 cm.

Step 3: FILE

File one of the edge of the wire.

Step 4: SHAPING THE HOOK

Bend the edge with the long nose pliers, of about 2 mm, on a 30° angle.

Step 5: SHAPING

With the round nose pliers, make a almost full circle with the wire, forming a small hook.

Step 6: SHAPING

With the flat pliers make a 90° bent on the bottom of the circle.

Form a loop with the round nose pliers.

Round the left wire around the bottom of the hook (see photo).

Step 7: FINISHING THE HOOK

Cut away the excessive wire.

File the edge.

With the flat pliers squeeze down the edge of the wire.

Step 8: HAMMER

This is how the hook should look when you are done.

Give a little hammer on the edge of the hook, and on both opposite side of the round part of the hook. This will give a nice look, and will make the hook really sturdy.

Step 9: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CLASP

Cut another section of wire of about 5 mm.

Bent it at 90° with the flat pliers.

Step 10: THE FIRST HOOP

Make an hoop with the round pliers.

Wrap around the left over wire with the flat pliers.

Step 11: THE SECOND HOOP

Bent at 90° the other side of the wire.

Make another loop with the round nose pliers.

Wrap around the left over wire.

Step 12: FINISHING

Cut away the left over wire.

File the edge down.

Squeeze the edge down.

Step 13: HAMMER

Hammer a little the edges of the two loops.

Step 14: DONE

You are done!

You can use it directly on a chain, or insert in between two jump rings.

Here is the necklaces I make with my handmade recycled clasps:

necklace

necklace

Thank you for watching.

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I am also making own clasp. But sometimes. Otherwise I am using s clip.<br>

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